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BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum requested a presidential disaster declaration Friday, Dec. 13, after an October blizzard caused major flooding in the central and eastern parts of the state. If President Donald Trump approves the declaration, it could free up funding from the the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for the state's estimated $9.7 million in damages to public roads and other infrastructure.
ST. PAUL — Five Minnesotans caught E. coli in a multistate outbreak that has been linked to a brand of pre-made salad kits, the state Department of Health has confirmed. A total of nine people in three different states were infected with the disease, according to a Tuesday, Dec. 10, release. The cases are believed to be tied to Fresh Express's "Sunflower Crisp" chopped salad kits, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.
DILWORTH, Minn. — There were no injuries reported after a corn dryer fire in Dilworth on Monday, Dec. 9. Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting said the fire was reported at about 5:30 a.m. in rural Clay County. Crews on scene found a corn dryer had caught fire and tipped over onto another dryer, Empting said. The fire was difficult to put out, he said, because firefighters' equipment kept freezing up due to the cold weather. The cause of the fire wasn't known Monday, but Empting said these kind of dryer fires are common in winter.
GARY, Minn — Authorities have identified the man who died in a northwest Minnesota grain bin accident Thursday afternoon, Dec. 5. Emergency responders found Gerald Chisholm, 62, of rural Gary, dead in a grain bin about 40 miles northeast of Fargo after the Norman County Sheriff's office got a 911 call about a man getting trapped inside of the bin. His body was taken to Grand Forks for an autopsy and the incident remains under investigation, the sheriff's office said.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- South Dakota and FEMA are opening Disaster Recovery Centers in Brookings, Moody, Hutchinson, Charles Mix, McCook and Hanson counties, according to a news release from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses that suffered losses from the severe winter storms and flooding from Sept. 9–26 this year. Each center will be open for five days.
GARY, Minn. — A 62-year-old man is dead in a grain bin accident in northeast Norman County on Thursday, Dec. 5. At 1:09 p.m., emergency crews responded to a 911 call reporting a man trapped inside a grain bin about 40 miles northeast of Fargo, according to a news release from the Norman County Sheriff's Office. First responders discovered a man's body inside of the grain bin, which was taken to Grand Forks for an autopsy. The man's name is being withheld pending notification of family.
FARGO — The woman who the Fargo Fire Department said was trampled by a horse at North Dakota State University's Equine Center has died, according to her friends and colleagues in Canada, where she is from.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Lake Region State College in Devils Lake announced Wednesday, Nov. 27, its receipt of a lead gift from Farmers Union Insurance for construction of a new Precision Ag Center that will house the college’s precision agriculture program.
ST. PAUL — A Minnesota resident is hospitalized and by Friday afternoon, state health officials were warning consumers not to eat romaine lettuce from the Salinas region of California because it has been linked to serious illnesses from E. coli bacteria.
GLEN ULLIN, N.D. — Hay bales on a flatbed trailer caught fire on Interstate 94, shutting down the eastbound lanes for more than four hours near exit 110 early Tuesday morning, Nov. 12. At 6 a.m., the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Glen Ullin firefighters responded to the scene. The eastbound lane was closed at 7:45 a.m. CST until noon. The semi was unhooked from the trailer and the trailer was left on the south shoulder of the eastbound lane. Glen Ullin is about 55 miles west of Bismarck.